As a practitioner, I often come across people who feel frustrated with conventional medicine. You see, sometimes we forget that our body is one interconnected system, and treating symptoms alone may not address the underlying causes of our health concerns. This is where Functional Medicine comes in. It allows us to work with the root causes of your health issues, so that we can help you feel better in the long run.
About Fairfield Nutrition
Hey there! Here at Fairfield Nutrition, we’re all about getting to the heart of your health concerns by using Functional Medicine. It’s a little different from what you might be used to with conventional medicine, but it delivers great results for chronic health issues and is personalised to your needs.
Instead of just putting a band-aid on your symptoms, we take a step back and really dig into what might be happening inside your body. It’s like solving a mystery to uncover the real reasons behind your health hiccups! By doing this, we can then suggest tweaks to your diet and lifestyle that’ll have you feeling your best in no time – and all without resorting to a ton of medication or surgeries.
Our method is great for people dealing with long-term health issues, but it’s also perfect for anyone who just wants to level up their overall health and happiness. So, if you’re ready to get to the root of what’s been holding you back, we’re here to guide you every step of the way!
About Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward from Fairfield Nutrition here. This is my story on how I developed such a passion for all things health and nutrition. As with many practitioners, it all started when I developed my own unexplained health issues..
In my mid-30s, I noticed that I was feeling increasingly tired, depressed and anxious, and slowly putting on weight – my energy of younger years was already disappearing.
I wasn’t sure if I was just ‘getting older’ so I went to see my GP and had some standard testing done.
I was told that I was Hypothyroid and was given a prescription for Thyroxine, a thyroid hormone, to take for the rest of my life. I was shocked to say the least, and really wanted to know what had caused the auto-immunity and what changes I could make to support myself.. Unfortunately my GP wasn’t able to help with these questions. I felt confused, isolated, and somewhat let down. I wanted to know what I could do…
From my test results I worked out that the elevated anti-bodies meant I had an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s (this wasn’t mentioned by my GP!).
This caused me to research my condition, and find out how I could halt or slow the auto-immune process by making changes to my lifestyle and diet. I worked to improve all areas of my health including my gut health. The good news is my thyroid antibodies are now within range!
From there I trained in Functional Medicine & Nutrition because I knew that there must be so many other people out there not getting better because the root of their problems wasn’t being treated.
Since then I’ve gone on to treat patients with a wide range of conditions that they’ve often had for years. From auto-immunity, to gut issues, to less common issues like body odour or hair loss. I help many people that are feeling fatigued and not quite themselves, or are not happy with the level of care they’ve received so far..
What I stand for
As the center of what I do revolves around working with clients one-on-one, I thought you might like to know what I stand for and stand against, so here you are:
- Focus on you. I work to achieve your goals, with your values, not mine. Personalised plans unique to you.
- Health Detective. I work with the root causes of disease, and take the time to find out what’s really going on. I’m on your side and my aim is for you to achieve your health goals. My number one priority is for you to see results.
- Mindset.I believe that our emotions, thinking, and mindset can have a profound impact on our health.
- Effective methods. Nutrition and lifestyle are the most effective tools to nudge the systems of our body to full health. Whole, unprocessed foods are recommended.
- Bigger Picture. I see addressing the onslaught of chronic disease as part of a movement to resist environmental destruction, reductionism and spiritual abandonment.
What I stand against
- Health as the absence of disease. No! It’s a state of great vitality and wellness.
- Treating symptoms with bandaids. Instead, I take the time, and use lab testing where necessary, to work with the root causes and imbalances in the body.
- Excesses. Excessive ongoing supplementation and permanently restrictive diets.
- One size fits all. We are all different biochemically, mentally / emotionally with different goals, and what we need may be very different.
- Not science based. Offering advice without considering scientific research. Unfortunately, not everything to do with nutrition and lifestyle has gone through scientific trials as there is less money involved than in pharmaceutics. In which case, I use my knowledge and clinical experience to offer informed guidance. But you won’t find any wacky approaches to healing here!
What is Functional Medicine and how can it help chronic conditions?
We desperately need a new approach to healthcare that prevents and reverses chronic health conditions by addressing the underlying causes, rather than just managing the disease after it occurs. Functional Medicine is that approach, and its popularity is growing..
Unlike ‘conventional’ medicine, in Functional Medicine, we don’t treat the disease itself, but instead the underlying imbalances in the body that are causing the disease. It offers new hope to people suffering from chronic health conditions.
Functional Medicine says we should dig deeper rather than just treating the symptoms. This can be a more effective approach for chronic health conditions such as fatigue, hormonal issues, IBS, and auto-immunity.
Outstanding service from Stephen Ward. The personalised nutrition program I was provided with was very thorough. Excellent listening skills, helpful advice and his follow up on every session was always... read more
Stephen has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He asks lots of questions to help determine your health challenges and goals. He made effective suggestions that I hadn't considered. I... read more
Stephen is a very thorough practitioner who works hard to get to the root cause. He has helped me immensely.
Highly recommend, excellent service, holistic and client centered. My overall health and wellness has improved in a short space of time. Thanks, Stephen
Have worked with Stephen for a number of months now and have found his knowledge and experience has really helped me to improve my overall health and lifestyle. Highly recommend... read more
I am humble to have Stephen’s support during my period of ill health. We worked through many of my reoccurring ailments from mold to gut and diet imbalances. Stephen’s holistic... read more
I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking for improved health. I have suffered from chronic conditions for the last 10 years and found more help and improved health... read more
Stephen's nutritional advice and support have greatly improved my quality of life! I had significant chronic abdominal pain, worsened by surgery, where I could no longer function independently and nothing... read more
My experience of working with Stephen is that he is a good listener, takes a very thorough approach to ones health needs, gives informed feedback as well as practical solutions... read more
Having worked with many health practitioners over the years without much success, I was ready to give up. However, Stephen has helped me to undercover some underlying causes I hadn't... read more
I am really enjoying working with Stephen on my gut issues which I have been struggling with for a long time now. He is very thorough and flexible and always... read more
I went to Stephen to loose weight and feel better generally, if possible, and I'm so thrilled. He listened to how I behave, what I like and dislike, and gave... read more